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Three types of detectives in five British novels


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Galić, Lovorka. (2017). Three types of detectives in five British novels. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of English Language and Literature. [mentor Polić, Vanja].

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The paper focused on the analysis of three detective types: private, amateur and police, and their respective representatives. The aim was to prove that each type has its own traits as well as sharing general ones with the other two. Representatives for the categories are Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Scarlet and Hercule Poirot in The Mysterious Affair at Styles for private detectives, Father Brown in The Secret of Father Brown and Brother Cadfael in The Rose Rent for amateur detectives, and Morse and Lewis in The Remorseful Day for the police detectives. Each category is analysed individually, with the detectives being compared based on their appearance and personal traits with regard to how these are connected to their crime solving abilities; relationships with their partners if they have any; their relationship with the official authority or in the case of police detectives, with their superiors; and their crime solving methods. Furthermore, the paper studies the traits and the importance of each type as opposed to the other two categories, it explains the reason behind the popularity of private investigators, analyses the advantages and disadvantages of amateur detectives and answers whether the police procedure is indeed the most efficient method. Along with examining patterns of each category, the types are analysed together to discover whether all three types are based on the same or a similar pattern. This is done by comparing the categories’ similarities and differences, taking into consideration their personal traits as well as the basis for their crime solving methods. The paper proves two important arguments: each detective type has its own recognizable traits and stands on its own as an individual category; and while the categories differentiate, all the representatives share certain personal as well as professional traits.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: crime fiction, detective, private detective, amateur detective, police detective
Subjects: English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Supervisor: Polić, Vanja
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2017 09:29
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2017 09:29

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